The Committee exists to provide
co-ordination in pharmacy education, development, and training within
National Health Service organisations primarily, but not exclusively, in
secondary care. This co-ordination leads to a single point of contact on
all matters relating to NHS pharmacy education and training. Members of
the committee usually have responsibility for education and training
across a geographical area equivalent to several counties and between them
cover all staff groups within pharmacy and the whole of the UK.
Designated representatives of the committee
may meet with other organisations or act on behalf of the whole group.
Representatives of other bodies are invited to meet with the committee
when appropriate. Members can thus influence, respond to, and implement
policies with a wide range of organisations.
information, ideas, and developments for the greater good of the service,
thus avoiding duplication of effort and facilitating new initiatives and
best practice. The committee is thus a focus for the development of the
professionís contribution to patient care.
Members co-operate on
projects that would be difficult to do in other ways, or which benefit
from input from across the home countries. Examples include syllabus or
curriculum development, surveys, strategic planning, report writing,
responding to external bodies, and recruitment initiatives. Some work is
devolved to specialist groups for greater efficiency. New post holders are
mentored and supported in their roles by their more experienced peers.
The committee has no
executive authority but acts on the basis of consensus and co-operation.
Examples of our
National surveys on
pharmacy recruitment and retention
recruitment of pharmacy graduates across England and Wales.
Syllabus and support
materials for cross-sector pre-registration training
Framework for accuracy checking of
dispensed items for pharmacy
syllabus for NVQ level 2 in pharmacy services
The committee meets in three groups.
The Main Committee
considers broader issues and pharmacist-specific education while the
Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacists Specialist Group and the Pharmacy
Technician and Support Staff (pre and post qualification) Group consider
matters relating to those staff groupings.